Three hospitalised in derby football violence

Police are appealing for witnesses after three men were attacked in football-related incidents.
Police are appealing for witnesses after three men were attacked in football-related incidents.
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Three men were attacked and left with facial injuries after the Edinburgh derby in attacks police believe may have been football related.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the two incidents, which left all three victims needing hospital treatment.

A 46-year-old man was attacked and suffered facial injuries at Melville Bar, William Street at around 8.30pm on Sunday night. He was treated at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

And two men, aged 29 and 30 years old, were attacked by a group of men when they entered Scotts Bar on Rose Street at around 9pm. Both victims also sustained facial injuries and were taken for treatment at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.

Police said they believed the incidents may be football related and were eager to speak to any witnesses.

The man sought in connection to the first incident in Melville Bar is described as white and around 5ft 8” in height. He has a medium build, is in his 30s or 40s and was wearing a white or grey fleece.

Four men are sought in connection to the incident at Scotts Bar - the first is described as white and between 20 and 25 year-old. He is around 5ft 11”, with a slim build and dark brown hair gelled forward. He was wearing a white zipped top with what police described as “a green and white football top” underneath.

The second man was white, in his mid 30s with a medium build and a bald head and was wearing a khaki green jacket.

The third man was also white, between 35 and 45 years old, with a large build, short ginger/brown hair and was wearing a beige jumper. He also has a scar on his left cheek.

The final man was also described as white, in his mid 20s with a medium build, dark brown hair and full beard. He was wearing dark blue jeans and a navy jacket.

Detective Sergeant Lynsey Thomson who is leading the investigation says “I would appeal to members of the public who were within the premises at the time or who may have seen these people in the area to get in touch with the police.”

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101, or alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”